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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Huge striped bass 52-pound caught in Lower Columbia River was full of eggs

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(State fisheries employee hold the huge striped bass caught in the Lower Columbia River. Photo courtesy of state Fish and Wildlife.)

Here is an updated photo and details by state Fish and Wildlife on the giant striped bass caught in the Lower Columbia River more than a week ago:

The 52 pound striped bass was landed in the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam on June 17.

It was caught by a commercial fisherman in the Gorge.  It had nearly 10 pounds of eggs but also an empty stomach.

The striped bass was caught in a gill-net boat run by Jason Lake from the Lynnwood area according to Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sporting Goods in Lynnwood. Lake was fishing in the Bridal Veil area of the Columbia between Bonneville and gorge mouth.

“Every few years some odd fish like the striped bass will show up, and this is the largest one from we’ve heard,” Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist said in an earlier story on the blog. “There is a population of striped bass on the southern Oregon coast (in the Smith and Umpqua rivers), and occassionally we’ll see somebody get one.”

Striper bass are caught in the northern California region, but fcatches this far north are rarely seen.

A story I ran in early July of 2008 confirmed a 40-pound striped bass was caught in the gorge, and another catch around that time had also occurred down toward Deep River on the Washington side. There were also reports of a striped bass caught in Puget Sound at Holmes Harbor in 1968.

 

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